Glasgow Mela 17 July, 2016, Kelvingrove

Glasgow Mela 2012,Kelvingrove Park,Glasgow.

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Glasgow Mela – Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival – is back in 2016 with a brand new date in July at Kelvingrove Park. 

On Sunday 17 July 2016 Glasgow Mela will be bursting with live music and theatre performances, mouth-watering foods from around the globe and fun for all ages.  There will also be a range of stalls in the marketplace selling unique gifts and dazzling clothes.

Take part in the Glasgow Mela

The organisers of the Glasgow Mela have opened the doors to groups who would like to be onstage at this year’s event to submit proposals for how they would entertain the tens of thousands of people who attend the event. Traders and food providers are also being offered the opportunity to be part of Scotland’s largest free multi-cultural event which will be held on Sunday July 17 in Kelvingrove Park.

The programme for the Glasgow Mela which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year is still being assembled, but organisers are looking to community groups from around the city to get involved to appear at either the Kelvingrove Bandstand or Mehfil Stage.

Any organisation or collective which has established dance, drama or music performance and wants to be considered to be part of the Glasgow Mela 2016 should send a short biography, details of the performance you want to present, images, video or weblink to arts&[email protected] Information should be sent to this address by 25 April to be considered.

As well as great entertainment and unforgettable performances, the Glasgow Mela is renowned for the outstanding food and the diverse stalls which can be found at the event. Around 40,000 people attended last year so if you are a trader or a caterer interested in working at the Mela, please visit or email [email protected] Submissions have to be in by 20 April. 

Glasgow’s first Mela was in 1990 as part of the European City of Culture and was an indoor celebration at the then newly opened Tramway. It has also been held in Queens Park, at Glasgow Green and in more recent years at Kelvingrove Park.  It has grown to a massive outdoor event which attracts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists and performers from all over the world.
Coming from the Sanskrit word “to meet”, the Mela has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar of the city.

Glasgow Mela Website

Check the Glasgow Mela Website for updates on:

Mela on Your Doorstep

After a hugely successful first year for Mela on Your Doorstep in 2015, Mela will be coming to a community venue near you throughout May 2016.


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2 responses to “Glasgow Mela 17 July, 2016, Kelvingrove”

  1. Alan Fagan says:

    Would it be possible to be put on a mails list for the Glasgow Mela 2017? I was kicking myself when I realised I had missed this year’s.

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